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Joseph F Risko


Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Waist gunner on B-24 41-28733
'Rhapsody in Junk'. Suffered form frostbite due to faulty heated suit 14-Jul-44. Hospitalised for 6 days missing 'Rhapsody in Junk' final mission. Finished his tour of 35 missions with several other different crews. ETD.

Awards: DFC, AM (6 OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (3 Stars).



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Units served with

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 754th Bomb Squadron


  • 41-28733 'Rhapsody in Junk'

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) mission to Fassberg airfield, Germany shot down by flak on the 18-Jun-44. 9 x POW 1 x KIA. MACR 5908.


  • 412

    14 June 1944
    Mission #10. Bombed an airfield south of Brussels. Bob Martin flew in place of Hussong.

Associated Place

  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Event Location Date
Lived in Detroit, MI, USA 1941
Based Horsham St Faith 1943 – 5 November 1944

Assigned to 754BS, 458BG, 8AF USAAF.

Hospitalised Horsham St Faith, Norwich NR10, UK 14 June 1944 – 21 June 1944

Hospitalised with frostbite.

End Tour Duty (ETD) England, UK 5 November 1944

Ended Tour Duty (ETD).


Date Contributor Update
17 August 2016 15:26:34 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:17:05 AAM AAM ingest
Sources - crew picture in Northrop crew in 754th BS / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia